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For a long time, Blackjack was by far the most popular card game in the land-based casinos. It’s only recently this changed, as this position is now in the hands of the card game Baccarat.

Online, though, the card game is still immensely popular. Not for nothing as players get the choice between twelve different Blackjack variants.

That’s a lot compared to Baccarat which is available in only three variants. NetEnt didn’t ignore Punto Banco either, a card game very similar to Baccarat.

Blackjack is a standard casino game that has to be available in any casino, offline or online. It is a card game in which the aim of the player is to achieve a hand whose points total nearer to 21 than the banker’s hand. Of course, without exceeding 21, the reason why some know the game as 21 rather than Blackjack.

Blackjack history

Over the years, the origin of this popular card game, like many other casino table games, has eluded researchers for a long time. It continues to be a hot debate to this day.

Until today nobody exactly knows the origin of the game, but most agree it probably originated in French casinos around 1700. The French called it Vingt-et-Un which, translated, means Twenty-One. It definitely makes sense. Also Roulette has its roots in France, officially invented in the same period as Blackjack most probably is.

Although it seems very obvious the above is true, some believe it derived from the French card games, Chemin de Fer, and French Ferme, some fashionable games at that time.

Vingt-et-Un or 21 continues to grow in popularity and reach. Just as Roulette, it eventually reaches North America thanks to French colonists. Even though the game rules were slightly different from those of contemporary blackjack. It’s because only the dealer was permitted to double.

For the rest, the game was quite similar to the Blackjack game we play these days in land-based casinos, online casinos while also offered in the live casinos and mobile casinos.

Popularity blackjack

We could blame the Asians for the declining popularity of the Blackjack game in land-based casinos. For years now, the Asians get totally nuts when they play Baccarat. They leave Blackjack for what it is.

Fair? No, not really as not only the theoretical Return to Player (RTP) for Baccarat is 98.96%. This while Blackjack has a payout of no less than 99.75%.

Blackjack rules

The aim of the game is simple as it’s up to you to beat the dealer by having or creating a higher hand and come as close to 21 points without exceeding this number.

If your initial two cards consist of an Ace accompanied by another card with the value of 10, the Ace automatically values as 11 with a Blackjack as a result.

If no Blackjack occurs after the dealing of the cards and you’re not even close to 21, you can choose the hit option. You then receive an additional card. Still not happy, you repeat this same step.

Make sure not to exceed the total points of 21. If you do, it means a bust and the dealer wins. The same happens when the dealer exceeds the 21 before you do, and the win is for you.

Extra Blackjack options

Although Blackjack is rather simple to play, I highly recommend going through the game rules first. Even before you start to play. Or play it as a free game first, just to get familiar with this popular card game.

Once familiar with the game rules and becoming a respectable Blackjack player, you can even go a step further using extra options such as Split, Double and Insurance.

Split

If you receive two cards of the same value, you can Split your cards while doubling your initial bet. Like this, you can play two hands at the same time, good for extra winning chances, especially when these particular cards are a good base for a Blackjack.

Insurance

If the visible card of the dealer is an ace, you can choose for an insurance, and if the dealer gets a blackjack you will win 2 times your insurance bet. If not, you lose your insurance bet and the game continues as normal.

Double

Double your bet after viewing your initial two cards when you have a good feeling for a nice winning so your win will be doubled as well when it seems you were right. Enjoy Blackjack Classic when a beginner, but try the other versions as well once you get this popular game and its extra options for some extra thrill this card game has to offer.

Five hands Blackjack

Looking for an exciting multiple hands blackjack game, you’re definitely at the right place with the Blackjack Classic, as always perfectly designed by Net Entertainment.

This game features a 3D look including state of the art card animations while it pays a usual 3:2 when having a Blackjack. Choose to play with either one hand or go for some extra excitement while playing with multiple hands.

Blackjack FAQ

What is the RTP (Return to Player) of NetEnts Blackjack?

The RTP of NetEnts Blackjack is 99.6%

What is the minimum and maximum bet of the NetEnts Blackjack?

This depends on the setting that the casino operator has set. In general when playing NetEnts Blackjack the minimum stake is €/£/$ 0.10 and the maximum is €/£/$ 500.00. This can obviously vary per casino, depending on the risk appetite of the casino where you prefer to play.

How does one win the maximum win on Blackjack?

Blackjack is a quite simple game and only really offers two different pay-outs. The first is when you win from the bank with a higher total, this is a 1:1 pay-out. The second is when you win from the dealer but with a Blackjack, this is a 1:1.5 pay-out. The maximum pay-out is therefor when you win from the dealer with a Blackjack.

Does the Blackjack offer any special bonus game?

No, in general Blackjack does not offer any bonus game and it is even very often excluded from bonus wagering due to the high RTP of the game.

Is there a maximum amount of times I can win when playing Blackjack?

No, there is no maximum number of times a player can win consecutively, it has a lot to do with luck at that point.

Can I play the Blackjack for free?

Yes, this is an RNG (Random Number Generator) table game that can be played for free for as long and as often as you desire. The game can be found under the ‘Table Games’ tab of all NetEnt casinos.

What are side bets and how does this work when playing Blackjack?

These are bets which can be placed as an addition bet to the main bet. Player can bet on a few different options, such as; perfect pair, straight or even a flush. A perfect pair combination has to be made with the players cards after the initial deal. The other combinations, straight or flush include the banks first card after the initial deal. Playing side bets does make Blackjack a much more exciting game but also dramatically lowers your RTP.